Why I Grind My Own Coffee Beans
As a busy working mom and a coffee-lover, it would make sense for me to depend on pre-ground, flavored coffee in the most convenient form for my daily cup(s). This would include those nifty coffee pods, right? Yes, they are quick and easy, but I have never owned one, nor do I desire to have one.
Flavorful coffee is a huge deal to me. Like wine lovers can pick out hints of flavors in a good wine, I can taste the undertones and overtones of various flavor in my coffee. Coffee is quite aromatic and full of flavor when it is first ground. Even ten minutes after grinding, coffee begins to lose it’s flavor! Coffee that has been ground hundreds of miles from your home, stored, shipped to your local grocery and then left to sit in a bag in your fridge or cabinet has been given plenty of time to lose its complex flavors. That’s okay if you are just drinking it for the caffeine hit, but if you really want a tasty cup-o-joe, you’ve got to be willing to do a little of the work yourself.
If you’re going to go to the trouble of grinding your own coffee beans, please take the extra step of using a french press to preserve the flavor of the coffee. I use a drip coffee machine for my morning, before-work coffee, but the filter in a coffee machine absorbs a lot of the flavorful oils in the coffee grinds and steals the flavor. In addition, the water is usually far too hot and burns the delicate grinds, further damaging the flavor of the coffee. On evenings, weekends and holidays, I revel in the flavor of my french pressed coffee after consuming the less flavorful drip-brewed coffee in the mornings.
Steps to Making the Most Flavorful Coffee
- In order to brew the most delicious cup of coffee, start with the whole beans of your favorite coffee.
- Boil the amount of water you need to make the coffee (This will depend on the size of your french-press and the number of cups you want to make.)
- Using a coffee grinder, create a coarse grind of the coffee beans.
- Put the ground coffee beans into the french press and pour the boiling water over the grinds.
- Place the plunger over the top, but do not plunge.
- Let the grinds steep for five minutes (more or less depending on how strong you want your coffee to be) and then plunge slowly.
- Pour into your favorite cup and add cream, sweetener and real flavors, if desired.
For the sake of real flavor and your health, please skip the coffee whiteners and use real, full-fat milk or cream in your coffee. To sweeten your coffee, use coconut sugar, grade-B maple syrup, sucanat or your favorite whole, unrefined sweetener.
Just remember, it may take more time to grind your own beans, but it is worth the cup of full-flavored coffee you’ll get in return!